Sea salt scalp scrubs and salt water texture sprays are common hair care products, but could your scalp also benefit from sea water exposure? Sea water is packed with vitamins and minerals, which provide some benefits to your scalp and hair. Unfortunately, it can also damage certain types of hair. So, read on to find out if you should you invest in a bathing cap or embrace the sea water this summer.
Who Benefits from Salt Water
If your scalp or hair is oily, you’ll benefit from salt water exposure, which will strip some of the natural oils from your hair. People with itchy scalps, psoriasis and dandruff may also get some relief from exposure to soothing salt water. In fact, some people report that regular exposure to the antibiotic qualities of salt water has cured their problems with itchy scalps. And if your hair is fine, you may welcome the extra body and texture of your hair after swimming in the ocean.
Who Should Avoid Salt Water
Unfortunately, if you have color-treated or chemically treated hair, you should avoid salt water exposure. Sea salt will make the cuticle of your hair rougher, which will make it more likely to lose color and become even drier over time. Plus, when you pair salt water with the bleaching effects of the sun, your color will fade even quicker.
Even if you have natural, healthy hair, the drying power of salt water can damage it with regular exposure. Women with curly hair may also find that it creates extra frizz. So if you only make it to the beach a couple of times a month, your hair might withstand — or benefit from — the salt water. Otherwise, you’ll want to coat your hair with a hair oil or leave-in conditioner before going for a dip.
When you have an oily or dandruff-afflicted scalp, some sea water could be a great, low-key treatment to keep these problems in check. However, if you’re concerned about the bleaching or drying effects of salt water, you should cover your hair with a moisturizing product to protect the cuticle from damage. And no matter what type of hair you have, you’ll need to rinse your hair after any water exposure to protect it from damage.
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Salt water for hair: The good and the bad – Summer Series pt 5